The Bodies and Titanic exhibits reside in the former Wax Museum building on Beach Boulevard and offer two totally different journeys for visitors. One takes you to the past to relive the grandeur and tragedy of the Titanic and the other takes you deep into a scientific exploration of the human body.
Important Note: The Buena Park exhibits closed recently to make room for a new attraction, but you can still see the same exhibits at the Luxor, Las Vegas. A new theme park called Butterfly Pavilion is being built on this location. Stay tuned for the review.
Although the exhibits can qualify as museums, they are definitely not your typical museums. It is important to make this distinction because some people – especially teens – are allergic to the word museum.
Since those 2 exhibits are separate, you can buy tickets for one or both. Each exhibit will take around one and half hours to complete – so plan your time accordingly. If you have an inquisitive young one in your party, plan on staying longer. The docents are very helpful and informative.
Once you buy your tickets, you can pose for some photos with Titanic props. The backgrounds in those photos are blue so they can be exchanged with more elaborate backgrounds. For example, we took a picture in front of the grand staircase. When we viewed the finished photo it looked like we were on the Titanic in front of the staircase.
At the Bodies exhibits, you will see many exhibits of the human body in full color and to scale. Each room highlights a different part or system like Muscular, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and circulatory.
The specimens are created from real human bodies and using an innovative preservation method called Polymer Preservation which uses a special liquid rubber. Using this method the specimens can last for a very long time without any decay.
All exhibits were informative and entertaining but my family and I especially enjoyed the exhibit showing the human fetus during different weeks of development. It is mind boggling how tiny the fetus is at 3 weeks and how fast it grows after that.
Another eye-opening exhibit was the stark difference between healthy lungs and damaged lungs due to smoking. If anyone is still smoking in spite of all the warnings then this exhibit might just make them quit.
The Bodies exhibit is mostly independent at your own pace experience. The Titanic artifacts exhibit, on the other hand, is more choreographed and guided.
At the entrance to the Titanic, the docents let small groups in every 15 minutes where they are greeted by a large room with a big screen. The first part of the journey is a short video about the construction, launch, and tragedy of the Titanic.
The Titanic was built to rival any other cruise liner in size and luxury and was billed as unsinkable. During its maiden voyage in 1912, the unthinkable happened. It struck a large Iceberg and sank to the bottom of the ocean, sending around 1,500 passengers to their doom. The biggest tragedy in this story is that many more lives could have been saved if the ship carried adequate lifeboats. Read more about the Titanic at Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic.
Throughout the ensuing years, many salvagers and researchers recovered a treasure trove of artifacts from the doomed ship.
This exhibit showcases those artifacts and the opulent life aboard ship. In some of the exhibits, you will see the life-sized Grand Staircase, the first class staterooms and expensive china that survived the drowning. In contrast, you will pass by the cramped crew quarters, with 4 crew members in each cabin.
In other exhibits, you will see the huge propellers and the engine room where the crew toiled to keep the ship running. Another display plays a looping 3D film showing the sunken ship at the bottom of the ocean.
In most rooms, there were docents - dressed as crew members – providing information about the exhibits and answering questions.
One of the rooms shows a huge Iceberg made out of real ice. You can touch the ice to feel how cold it was on that fateful night.
Around the middle of your journey, you will be seated in a simulated lifeboat while a crew member tells the story of the Titanic passenger’s escape and rescue.
As you are exiting the exhibit you will walk through a memorial for the people who perished and who survived along with their photos - A very touching experience that makes the whole story more real and personal.
Our favorite parts of the exhibit were the 3D film, the Iceberg and the engine room.